Online Writing Advice for Newbies - 6
This is the Sixth part of the Series. Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, this part, and the conclusion.
Newbies often dive head first into any so called on-line writing site and are ripped off, abused, lose their copyright. On top of that, they are tricked into shilling for these disreputable sites They may earn a few pennies but have no idea what is happening.
Hopefully these articles will be a little bit of sunshine.
Read the TOS, do the Searches
The first thing you do, is read the
Terms of Service.
The next thing is to do a Google
of the potential site
+ Ripoff or Scam.
Make sure you get what you are being told.
Note if there are disclaimers from other posters.
What you want to know is how other people have been treated by that site, before you invest too much of your time and work.
For example many articles which reveal the unpleasant facts of certain sites, such as the demised Factoidz and current Ponzi, Bubblews, are followed by comments from 'guests' of such 'quality '...Shills in other words.
To be blunt, I had to remove the Comment capsule on More Than One of my Hub pages dealing with this topic due to the attacks of Shills. Shills who are Paid by the Site to attack me.
This is not a one off. When a writer posts; "I was ripped off by XSite ...."
And a comment from some 'guest' bleats,
"That is because you broke the rules!!!"
The first thing that should come to your mind, is
"How would another user of a site know what transpired
between a user and the management?"
Check the Requirement for Submissions
Some writing sites demand a whole heap of work.
For them, a good article is over 3,000 words.
And there is so much constriction on the words you can use, the topics you can cover.
You won't really know all the regulations until after you submit an article.
And it is rejected.
How many Hours did you Waste of Your life preparing that article which was rejected by a site which has no credibility whatsoever.
Another site, Wikinut, won't put you on the Star page unless:
1) Your article is about 1000 words
2) Lots of images
3) Lots of Back links
4) Lots of bold words
It's all done by an A.I. which looks for something like:
Five Bold Words
Content isn't that important.
If you look at Star Pages on Wikinut you'll get the gist of what I'm posting.
If you don't get a Star Page, unless you've written on a topic that will be turned up by a Google search or have networked it until your fingers bleed, you won't get many hits.
The revenue on both these sites are Bad.
Then there are sites like Expertspages which will put your article as 'pending' for a week or two or more.
This is because with Expertspages, is pretty incompetent. Both will, if one actually wastes
time trying to contact the actual owner, he will cover up by saying your item was 'substandard'.
Rule of Thumb:
Once your item is 'pending' over 24 hours publish it somewhere else, anywhere else, to keep your copyright, because you can virtually put your pot on the fire that the article has been plagiarised and published elsewhere so the $$ gets in the owners pocket.
More pennies, Less Work
So far, Hubpages is not a bad choice.
You need a lot of articles in a lot of different categories which you net work. This enables you to pick up a few pennies every day.
When it comes to length and topic, you can write as much or as little as you want, you can write a story, a how-to a report, a poem, anything you desire.
You can add lots of images, a few, or none.
There is no pressure. If you want to edit your work after publication, you can. You keep your copyright.
Triond used to pay well, no longer, but it pays. On time, every time. Further, you don't have to spend three hours on an article to earn 5c. You will always know how many people saw your work, how many commented, how much money you've earned. That is on the front page.
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